Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Friday, November 23rd
Warriors90Final
Lakers106
Game 2: Sunday, December 16th
Warriors85Final
Lakers101
Game 3: Wednesday, December 26th
Lakers90Final
Warriors101
Game 4: Thursday, March 14th
Lakers110Final
Warriors102

Warriors 85

(9-16, 4-10 away)

Lakers 101

(18-3, 13-1 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    6:30 PM ET, December 16, 2001

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 28 14 23 2085
    LAL 26 20 32 23101

    Top Performers

    Golden State: J. Richardson 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    Los Angeles: K. Bryant 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bryant shoots 10-for-12 from field

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant said he was in a nice shooting rhythm Sunday night. The same can't be said for his teammates, outside of Shaquille O'Neal.

    Kobe Bryant, who 10 of his 12 shots from the field, takes a swipe at the ball.

    Bryant scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the second half in beating the Golden State Warriors 101-85.

    Bryant, who made 10-of-12 shots and 8-of-9 free throws in 32 minutes, sat out the fourth quarter.

    "I got a lot of easy opportunities," he said. "Just open looks, within the rhythm of the game, taking what the defense gives us.

    "I don't think they want to give me any openings, any gaps. They did, and I took advantage of them."

    Bryant came out of a shooting slump by making 9-of-18 shots in a 110-80 victory over the Clippers on Friday night. Before that, he had made only 31-of-84 shots.

    O'Neal went 9-for-17 in scoring 20 points, and also had team-high totals of six assists and seven rebounds.

    Otherwise, the Lakers shot 19-for-51, including 3-of-16 from 3-point range, and that includes a pair of 3-pointers in the final 5 1/2 minutes by Brian Shaw.

    "The defense has to hold you in games when you're not shooting great," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "Our outside shooting, especially our 3-point shooting, still leaves something to be desired."

    Devean George added a season-high 13 points for the Lakers (18-3), who won their second straight after losing two in a row.

    O'Neal said he thought it was colder than usual in Staples Center, and had trouble getting his legs loose.

    "I just told my guys to cut hard to the basket, and I was going to give them little drop-passes," he said.

    Rick Fox said it's nice to have a teammate who can draw the kind of attention O'Neal does and be looking to hit the open man.

    "He probably could have had 12 assists if some of us could have made more shots," Fox said. "But it's nice to know he's willing to create for his teammates. He's never been a person who's been selfish in that respect, and he's just gotten better at his passing."

    Rookie Jason Richardson scored 16 points and Erick Dampier added 15 for the Warriors, who lost for the 13th time in 17 games after a 5-3 start.

    The Warriors were playing their second game under Brian Winters, promoted from assistant coach to succeed Dave Cowens, who was fired before a 93-84 victory over Memphis on Saturday night.

    "We played a good first half, and the beginning of the third quarter was pretty good," Winters said. "But then they upped their pressure, we turned it over, and went through a streak where we didn't score.'

    Bryant scored eight points -- six on three thunderous dunks -- to spark a 12-0 run by the Lakers that put them on top 76-60 with 1:08 left in the third quarter.

    It was 78-65 entering the final period, and four points by O'Neal and another pair by George put the Lakers ahead by 19. The Warriors went scoreless for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the quarter.

    "We made a couple turnovers in the third quarter, and they converted at the other end," Dampier said. "You can't do that against a good team like that. We were right there the whole game until then."

    The Warriors had six of their 19 turnovers in the third quarter.

    The Lakers led 46-42 after an uninspiring first half in which they shot 42.2 percent and the Warriors 40 percent.

    Both teams were more accurate in the second half, with the Lakers finishing 38-of-80 (47.5 percent) and the Warriors 33-of-77 (42.9 percent).

    Game notes
    The game was the nightcap of an NBA doubleheader at Staples Center. The Clippers beat Detroit 82-77 in the opener. ... The Lakers have won 15 of their last 16 games against the Warriors in Los Angeles. ... Winters said he plans to meet with his players individually to discuss their roles. He said there are two immediate goals he has in mind: Improvement on defense, and better decision-making. ... Hughes, for one, endorsed the coaching change. "I think it was done for the betterment of the organization," he said. "We're just trying to put everything together." ... Warriors guard Bobby Sura had three stitches applied to a cut over his right eye in the second quarter, and returned after halftime. He scored eight points. ... O'Neal came up with new nicknames for himself and Bryant -- Fire and Ice. "I'm always mad and he's always calm," he said in identifying himself as Fire and Bryant as Ice.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    LAL
    Points 85 101
    FGM-FGA 33-77 (.429) 38-80 (.475)
    3PM-3PA 1-9 (.111) 3-16 (.188)
    FTM-FTA 18-31 (.581) 22-32 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 9-42
    Assists 15 25
    Turnovers 19 11
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 0 5
    Fast Break Points 4 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Los Angeles
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 16
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1